Catholic Churches in Yakima complying with new standards to protect children
YAKIMA, Wash - A new report says Catholic Churches in Yakima are safe and comply with new standards to protect children.
In 2005 the US Bishops Council adopted new guidelines and policies for reporting sexual abuses and providing a safe environment.
This new report comes as police are investigating a 76 year old visiting priest from California on assignment in White Salmon. Police say he inappropriately touched a 17year old teen, and had pornography on his computer.
Church officials say the investigation is proof that the new policies are working.
"I very much believe we have taken the problem very serious," said Rev. Robert Siler, Chief of Staff to the Bishop of Yakima. "And we want to do what is right for our children, our youth, really all the people in our dioceses."
The audit was done by the Gavin Group, an independent company. This is the third audit since 2004.